My first Kerley - boy was I surprised. Very interesting and engaging mystery. Characters you can love or hate, and some who are surprising. A good read.
When a young reporter is viciously murdered, Mobile, Alabama, detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus find themselves drawn into the dealings of the wealthy Kincannon family, philanthropic socialites. Then Ryder is abducted, with no clues as to who did it or why.
Digging to uncover the truth that could lead him to his partner, Nautilus discovers a web of connectins between the dead reporter, an enigmatic behind-the-scenes power broker, and the Kincannons' own dark secrets. The question quickly becomes: Waht would the perfect family do to protect an image of perfection?
The answer: whatever it takes.
I enjoyed this one more than _The Hundredth Man_ and almost as much as I enjoyed _The Death Collectors_. It was a different sort of story than the previous two, more surprising in a lot of ways, really... My only complaint is that the side story of love interests involved a different woman for each book! Still, this book had a riveting conclusion and a was all in all, fun and thrilling.
I began reading these books of the Ryder and Nautilus detective team because they are set in my hometown. I enjoyed the first two, but this was by far the best of this series so far. A very well woven and intense mystery that was difficult to put down. What I most enjoy about these, though, are the personalities and quick wit of the main characters-at times, laugh out loud humor:) All three books stand on their own, but references are made to events in the earlier books. Very entertaining and worthwhile read.
Kerley just keeps getting better.
Carson Ryder is one of my favorite characters and these books are well written.
my favorite new author. I want another book from him but I don't mind if he takes his time so it comes out great!
Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus, homicide detectives on the Mobile, Ala., police force, hit the ground running in Kerley's appealing third suspense novel. In a race against other cops, the pair take up the case of a young journalist, Taneesha Franklin, who's been slashed to death. The victim was close to Carson's girlfriend, TV reporter Dani Danbury, who was mentoring her. Almost every trail leads in some fashion to the Kincannons a family with great wealth, skeletons in the closet and a matriarch with tenuous control over her fractious, unstable sons. Ryder and Nautilus make an effective team until one of them is taken out of action and each has to fight for survival on his own. Kerley has a nice feel for the Gulf area, and his detectives are a couple of aces sharing competence, bravery and camaraderie.